Incident Summary:

10/21/2015: Two assailants stabbed an Israeli civilian in Beit Shemesh city, Jerusalem district, Israel. At least one assailant was killed and two other people, the civilian and the second assailant, were injured in the ensuing clash. Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement) claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Beit Shemesh

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilian
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
A knife was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement) Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Other)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
"2 Attackers Shot After Trying To Board Israeli Bus: Police," AFP (World Service), October 22, 2015.
"State PAO: Pan-Arab Media Highlights 23 October 2015," US Embassy, October 23, 2015.
"The Latest: 2 Arab attackers shot after they stab Israeli," Nashoba Publishing, October 22, 2015.